Typically, when you hear that someone is receiving spousal or child
support, you think that the recipient is a woman. Things have
definitely changed over the years. Women are now more likely to
complete their college degrees than men and in 2021, more women
started their own businesses compared to men. Because of these
tremendous strides by women, they are now having to deal with issues
and pressures once reserved for men such as paying spousal and/or
Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry has been paying child support for about a decade to her ex- lover and child’s father. Despite Halle having primary custody of the child, Halle was paying her ex a reported $16,000 per month for one child, who he only has a fraction of the time. The actress rarely talked about the matter, but did say publicly that she felt the amount of child support she was paying felt like extortion. Halle even went on record saying she understands the feeling of men who feel like they’ve been taken advantage of by the system. In a Vanity Fair article, she said ,”The way many laws are set up people are allowed to USE children in order to be awarded money to live a lifestyle that not only they did notearn, but that is way above and beyond the child’s reasonable needs, and that is ‘THE WRONG’ and where I see the abuse.”
Whether the law requires it or not, $16,000 per month to assist in raising a child is massive! Many would agree it doesn’t take that much money to provide for and take care of a child and their needs. Others say it’s fair, because it’s the law. Does lawful automatically mean fair and just? Also, it’s just not child support that these men are getting; they’re also being awarded spousal support.
Female celebs like Mary J Blige and Janet Jackson reportedly had to
pay their ex-husbands large sums of money in their divorce settlements. Now that the roles are reversing in the business world, it will probably become more common to see women paying spousal and child support to formerlovers. What seemed as biased laws against men are now being used against women in court. Whether it is legal or not, you have to ask yourself… is it fair?